What can one say about the first preseason game, played in the rain no less?
It was an ugly affair to watch, for both reasons.
Sure, we saw the return of Ronnie Brown, which gives some reason for optimism. But, the offensive line was just that - not opening up much and getting called for three penalties early on. Henne looked out of synch, which may be attributable to the rain. And Brandon Marshall was a non factor with two drops.
On defense, we saw Josh Freeman running over and around the starting defenders. He completed a couple of big passes over our "vaunted" secondary. Koa Misi showed that he belonged. And Jared Odrick showed flashes. And I guess that's about all you can hope for at this point.
As a fan, it was pretty much unwatchable. We missed a fair amount of the first quarter standing in the tunnel as it poured, and then were "treated to" a night of watching guys who will soon be playing in the arena league.
If there was one bright side, it was that the Bucs decided to go for it on a 4th and goal with about 6 1/2 minutes left. A field goal would have probably meant overtime; at least the game could end in regulation.
And speaking of that, several people around me were wholly unaware that a preseason game could go to overtime - they assumed it would end in a tie. It will go to OT, and I have to agree that makes NO SENSE. Knowing that, most coaches will play for a win, which I appreciate. Now why don't more of them do it in the regular season?
Anyway, to quote the Herald, it was not worth the wait. This was a game that fell completely flat...